Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology

We-Experiences, Communal Life, and Joint Action

  • Sebastian Luft
  • Ruth Hagengruber

Part of the Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences book series (WHPS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Social Ontology in Edith Stein and Gerda Walther

  3. The Ontology of Hedwig Conrad-Martius

  4. Developments on Sociality, Politics and Body-Politics in Stein, Arendt and Beauvoir

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 231-244

About this book


This edited volume examines women's voices in phenomenology, many of which had a formative impact on the movement but have be kept relatively silent for many years. It features papers that truly extend the canonical scope of phenomenological research. Readers will discover the rich philosophical output of such scholars as Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad-Martius, and Gerda Walther. They will also come to see how the phenomenological movement allowed its female proponents to achieve a position in the academic world few women could enjoy at the time.

The book explores the intersection of social ontology, phenomenology, and women scholars in phenomenology. The papers offer a fresh look at such topics as the nature of communities, shared values, feelings, and other mental content. In addition, coverage examines the contributions of Jewish women to the science, who were present at the beginning of the phenomenological movement. This remarkable anthology also features a paper on Gerda Walther written by Linda Lopez McAlister, former editor of the feminist journal Hypatia, who had met Walther in 1976.

This book features work from the conference “Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology,” held at the University of Paderborn. Overall, it collects profiles and analysis that unveil a hidden history of phenomenology.


Social ontology Phenomenology Ethics Phenomenological ethics Women phenomenologists Political philosophy Sociology Jewish Studies / History Edith Stein Gerda Walther Hedwig Conrad Martius Hannah Arendt We-Experiences Female Political Subject ontology of communities Spatial Dimensions of Being Individual Moral Identity Emotional Sharing

Editors and affiliations

  • Sebastian Luft
    • 1
  • Ruth Hagengruber
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyMarquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Institut für HumanwissenschaftenUniversity of PaderbornPaderbornGermany

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